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Iraq and Ruin
Iraq and Ruin
The Once and Future Mosul

The city may soon be freed from the Islamic State, but it won’t be easy to govern afterward. Foreigners—and even Iraqis—had better study its complexities.

Iraq and Ruin
Collapsing Oil Prices Reveal Iraq’s Fragility

Iraq has been buying off restive population with oil wealth. What happens when oil markets seize up?

Iraq and Ruin
With Friends Like These

Why the U.S. cannot ally with Iran to defeat the Islamic State.

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Why We Can't Have Nice Things

Déjà vu all over again.

Public Opinion

A new Gallup poll registers big increases in respect for police, including among Democrats and nonwhites.

Asia's Game of Thrones

Both Washington and Manila are doing damage control in the wake of Duterte’s latest comments, but the real test is yet to come.


Even the New York Times is beginning to acknowledge Obama’s sorry legacy in the Middle East.

beyond blue

Financial literacy has to become a basic element of the U.S. educational system.


The inability to pass the easiest of trade deals with Canada speaks to a deeper structural crisis at the heart of the continent.

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